By Rev. Fr. Leo Awojinrin (Catholic Diocese of Ijebu-Ode)

Dear Dad,

What would life have been without you? You are always so quiet in all things yet very effective. Unlike mum, it was never easy to notice that you were home. Your activities were few but  always crucial to our family life. You dont have many clothes like mum but you were always
fashionable. We always had mum give us money for our needs but dint realize until later that most of it came from your pocket. You looked angrily at us when we lived below expectation because you wanted us to be the best. I remember with joy the times you did two jobs in order to keep the family running. I will never forget the days you got intothe kitchen and made us tasty meals especially the 'Ofe Owerri' that makes mum even bit her tongue. I see the jealous way you guard and guide your family as a father and husband especially when Boko Haram invaded our town in Maiduguri. Like a gallant military man, you fought to defend us. You were never fully  dressed without your wedding ring. I enjoyed the way you drove us to church and made us concentrate in prayer while Fr. Albert Fasina celebrated mass at St Sebastian Cathedral in Ijebu-Ode.

Sadly, I also remember times when you did not impress me. You left home without a word for days. You were also caught with another woman apart from mum. You used a good portion of your salary on alcoholic drinks for you and some irresponsible friends while my fees were left
unpaid. I'm sad about the times when your laziness at work made it almost impossible for us to feed as you were suspended severally. I feel unhappy about the time when you were elected into public office  by the votes of the people only to find EFCC show up at our door probing you for embezzling funds that were meant to build the nation.

I was really sad when news came that you had joined the Niger/Delta Avengers as they vandalism pipeline in the south-south. I did not expect all those from a dad I look up to .However, I overlook your shortcomings because I know you could be a good dad still. Never let
me down again!


I decided to write and tell you what it meant for me to grow up with you as my father. The highlights of my childhood were all those times that you carved out of your busy schedule just to be with us. Thank you dad for bringing me into the world and working hard with mum to
make me who I am. Thank you for acting like a kid when I was a kid, acting like a friend when I needed a friend, and acting like a parent when I needed one. You are the best man I know. You are my hero! I may be taller than you now but I still look up to you.

Happy Fathers' day! We celebrate you dad!



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